Where is it? 290km north of Brisbane, QLD

They’re big, you’re small. Humpback whales can be up to 15m long and weigh 45 tonnes, yet they leap out of the water like ballerinas. People go on whale-watching tours all over the world and rarely get as close to these enormous creatures as you can in Hervey Bay, where they arrive each year for calving season (July to November). There are seven major whale watching charters here, which all guarantee you’ll see at least one whale, but you’ll also often see their accompanying parade of bottlenose dolphins, turtles and dugongs.

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